Senate bill multiplies fines for soliciting prostitutes
Posted on 4/30/2018 12:11:00 PM.

A Senate-approved bill that would double, and in some cases, increases it by tenfold the fines associated with soliciting prostitutes passed a House committee nine to six. The bill would not change the current penalty of up to six months in jail for soliciting. Sponsor Franklinton Senator Beth Mizel (pictured) says it attacks human trafficking at its root.

solicitation, fines, Beth Mizel, Valerie Hodges

Senate committee rejects bill to end sanctuary policies
Posted on 5/30/2017 12:14:00 PM.

A Senate Judiciary Committee rejects a proposal to end sanctuary policies in Louisiana. The measure by Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges would end policies that discourage law enforcement from contacting immigration authorities if they encounter an illegal immigrant.

Valerie Hodges, JP Morrell, Michael Harrison, sanctuary cities

Louisiana citizen born abroad sues over discriminatory law
Posted on 10/18/2016 1:16:00 PM.

A Louisiana man is suing over a state law that requires couples seeking marriage licenses to present a birth certificate, which can pose a problem for those born outside the US. 31-year-old Victor Vo of Lafayette has lived in this country since he was 3 months old and became a U.S. citizen when he was eight and recently had his marriage license application rejected by a court clerk.

Victor Vo, Marley Ann Brumme, Audrey Stewart, Valerie Hodges

Bill requiring students to recite passage from Declaration of Independence passes in House
Posted on 6/3/2016 5:10:00 AM.

The bill to require fourth through sixth graders in public schools to recite part of the Declaration of Independence every day won the approval of the House. Opponents of the bill say it’s not fair to make students recite this passage, because there was slavery and women weren’t allowed to vote when it was written. But Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges says this document is the foundation of our country.

Valerie Hodges, Declaration of Independence, Barbara Norton

Bill to allow temporary concealed carry permits for domestic violence victims gets final passage
Posted on 6/1/2016 4:13:00 PM.

The bill to allow domestic violence victims to carry a concealed weapon with an expedited permit has received final legislative passage. Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges says women who feel threatened can get this temporary permit if they receive a protective order from a judge.

Valerie Hodges, concealed carry permits, domestic violence

Bill requiring students to recite Declaration of Independence moves to House
Posted on 5/19/2016 5:18:00 AM.

A bill to require students to recite part of the Declaration of Independence daily has made it out of the House Education Committee. Author of the bill, Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges says kids should understand this important historic document.

Declaration of Independence, Valerie Hodges, House Education Committee, Eric Price

Sanctuary city bill heads to the Senate
Posted on 5/5/2016 11:36:00 AM.

A measure is making its way through the legislature that would prohibit Louisiana cities from receiving state dollars for construction projects if they don’t enforce federal immigration law. The bill is heading to the Senate after a lengthy debate on the House floor. Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges says sanctuary cities are a threat to national security.

Valerie Hodges, Walt Leger, sanctuary cities

House committee passes bill to help domestic violence victims protect themselves
Posted on 5/3/2016 11:55:00 AM.

A bill to allow victims of domestic violence who have been issued a protective order to carry a concealed handgun with an expedited and temporary permit passed out of the House Criminal Justice committee.

domestic violence, Valerie Hodges, concealed carry permit, FBI, gun, Wade Duty

Governor Jindal signs pro-life bills
Posted on 6/16/2013 12:18:00 PM.
Governor Jindal signs a pair of pro-life bills into law. One of the measures would prohibit a so-called "telemedicine" abortion. That's when a doctor uses Skype or another video service to watch the administration of a drug that can be used in an abortion.
abortion, Bobby Jindal, Fred Mills, Valerie Hodges

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